Thursday, November 13, 2014

Pilsum Lighthouse

Postcard DE-3646240 from Germany shows the Pilsum Lighthouse by the Emshörn channel on the North Sea coast in Germany. Built in 1889, the 11-meter or 36-foot tall lighthouse had guided ships through the narrow Emshörn channel until 1915 from the top of a levee near the village of Pilsum in the municipality of Krummhörn. The height of the light is 15 meters or 49 feet above the sea level.

During World War I, its light was turned off so that enemy ships could not use it for navigation. After the war, the lighthouse was no longer needed as the channel had been changed.

Today the lighthouse is one of the best recognized landmarks in East Frisia, partially due to the movie Otto - the Outer Frisian by comedian Otto Waalkes who lives in the lighthouse in the movie.

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